Marcel Dupré (Rouen, 03.05.1886 - Meudon, 30.05.1971) was a French composer, organist and teacher.
From the age of 12 he received his first appointment as organist in Rouen, and was taught by Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911).
1902-1914: Conservatoire of Paris. He studies organ with Alexandre Guilmant, piano with Louis Diémer and composition with Charles-Marie Widor.
1906: Dupré became assistant to Widor (1844-1937) at the church of St. Sulpice in Paris and succeeded him as organist in 1934, a post he retained until his death in 1971.
1914: received the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Psyché.
1926-1954: professor of organ and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire, then director of this institution until 1956.
Among his best-known organ pupils are Marie-Claire Alain, Jeanne Demessieux, Jean Guillou, Jean Langlais and Olivier Messiaen.
In 1920 and 1921, Dupré gave a cycle of 10 concerts featuring the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, all played by heart. In all, he gave more than 2,000 organ concerts in Europe, America, Canada and Australia.
Marcel Dupré died on pentecost in the afternoon, having played the morning office in the morning.
Dupré wrote mainly compositions for organ, some of them extremely difficult. He was a brilliant organist who could improvise exceptionally well. In addition, he wrote several books concerning organ playing: Méthode d'orgue (1927), books about harmonic analysis, fugue and organ building.
Marcel Dupré, organ Queen's Hall, London, plays César Franck: